New York: Random House, 1994. First Edition. Octavo (24cm). 496 pp. Murder-black, half-cloth, with like boards. Titles on spine in gilded-age copper gilt. Very minor edge wear to dust jacket. Overall, a solid, clean, beautiful copy. Fine. Item #58
Caleb Carr's true debut as a popular novelist. "The Alienist" is fast-paced detective fiction in the spirit of Conan Doyle with 19th century, Gilded Age New York as the labyrinth and the backdrop. From silk top hats and parlor rooms to the slums, alleys and rotting waterfront, it's one wild horse-drawn carriage ride. Usually found in despicable condition, most likely due to the white-knuckle, fearful grips of the original readers.